A Quick Review of The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau

I can remember clearly the day just over 4 years ago that a good friend of mine lent me a copy of The 4 Hour Work Week. At the time, I had no concept of entrepreneurship and certainly didn’t believe that I could generate a passive income.

I didn’t even know what a passive income was.

Although it was a great book, without any context or prior knowledge of entrepreneurship, I found it hard to relate to.

I remember thinking, “I need some specific examples of others that are actually doing this stuff.”

When I first heard about Chris Guillebeau’s The $100 Startup, I was immediately intrigued. I’ve been a fan of his blog, The Art of Non-Conformity, for a while now and was excited to hear about his upcoming book.

If you’re in a rush, here’s my 2-word review of the $100 Startup.

It’s awesome.

If you’ve got a few minutes, I’ll tell you about my 3 favorite parts of Chris’s book.

The first thing that really resonated with me speaks directly to what I found frustrating about The 4 Hour Work Week. The $100 Startup is chock full of case studies. Chris travelled to 63 cities in the United States and Canada (and then on to over 15 countries) to interview people who had given up working for someone else and had struck out on their own.

He sprinkles these case studies throughout the book to provide concrete examples to back up his principles on what it takes to start your own business.

The second thing that The $100 Startup contains that puts it above most other books about entrepreneurship that I’ve read is that it contains actionable advice.

At the end of every chapter Chris includes “key points” and talks about specific steps you should take to achieve the concept described in the preceding chapter.

He also often includes sections within each chapter with step-by-step instructions on how to complete certain tasks.

For example, in one chapter there is an action plan titled Become Your Own Publisher. It is 8 very clear steps on what you need to do to enter the information publishing business.

If you’ve been a reader of this blog for a while, you know that I am a big fan of marketing your own information products and never before have I seen a more concise list of what it takes than in The $100 Startup.

The last thing that I want to mention about Chris’s new book is how well it reads. I read a LOT of business books and let’s just say that some are more of a struggle than others. Even some of the best books on the market often lack any kind of personality.

Chris Guillebeau could have easily written the book centered around his own experiences and it would have made for a fascinating read. He really is a guy who practices what he preaches but instead of talking about himself for 283 pages, he decided to focus on others who have achieved financial freedom using methods similar to his own.

If you’re looking for a shot of inspiration for what can realistically be achieved in an online business, The $100 Startup is an excellent read. You can find it over on Amazon in both print and Kindle format here.

Have you read The $100 Startup yet? What did you think? Did it give you some ideas on how you can finally break free from the 9-5 yourself?

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  1. Chris says:

    Hey Jon I’m a couple chapters into the book and am loving it so far! I’ll let you know more once I complete it.

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